May 8, 2010 at 4:08 am #463428
I know we are behind the US, Canada and the EU in various things so I’m not optimistic.
Thanks for that link, going to look now . . .May 8, 2010 at 6:36 am #463429
felt makes excellent hard-wearing handbags. Either the old way of hand felting, or a really simple way – find a woollen jumper at an op-shop, buy it, throw it in your washing machine on hot, and it comes out the other end as felt. Then cut and sew.
Or you can cut and sew it first, then felt it.
Or you can give me a couple of weeks, there will be more felted bags up on my site. I’ve sold all the previous ones.
AliMay 8, 2010 at 6:48 am #463430
I had a fantastic black leather one I’d bought from a friends business, and thought I would just have it forever… until some pr^&k stole it! My own stupid fault, really, for leaving the handbag in the front passenger seat of my car, to duck in and get the kids at daycare. It was under my jacket, and though I know it’s not the wisest thing, still did it, as getting 2 kids, their backpacks & stuff is a chore. The thief was possibly stalking the daycare in their car, waiting for a parent to go in without a bag over their shoulder, or wallet in their hand. I recently got the wallet back (they caught the offender in the same stolen car he’d used), too late as I’d replaced all my cards etc. anyways and bought new wallet, but would have dearly like my faithful handbag (& the phone) back…
I tried to find a preloved leather bag at op shops/ eBay, but nothing right. I looked for a suitable Australian made leather bag but again didn’t find the right thing. I needed a satchel type bag, that the strap could go over my body, so I could have my hands free to wrangle two kids, but still look glam. I wished I had time to make my own from reclaimed fabric. I tried Made It (the Aussie version of Etsy who have some great handbga & purse options), but in the end, bought an organic cotton one from Etsy.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/44950684/the-rogue-in-real-red This is it, but it’s due to arrive this week. I don’t like to buy from o/s where I can help it, but this maker has a good eco ethic at least & I think it is worth the money.May 8, 2010 at 7:22 am #463431
Yep, you can get lined knitted and crochet bags too! :hug: I’d have to give thumbs up for that. :tup::tup::tup:May 8, 2010 at 7:45 am #463432
my current one was a find at the tip shop. A black leather handbag for $1. Have had it about two years now and it is still going strong. I gave it a good dose of leather conditioner when i first bought it and it looks very nice- certainly not like a $1 handbag:tup:
I wonder how many mums wonder about what is on their purse before letting bubby chew on it? I have always had leather purses (i am boring and only have the one and prefer it to last years) and i know my kids used to love gnawing on it. I have seen racks upon racks of cheap, decorated purses outside the handbag shops at the local shopping centre so it must be another thing you can have multiples of.May 8, 2010 at 7:52 am #463433
Good score GF! My last leather one, made locally I’d had for years, finally split and fell apart thanks to getting wet and treated badly. My Mum gave me an el cheapo replacement from her “collection” 😐 time to look into a replacement, might make one….:DMay 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm #463434
Dixiebelle, that bag is beautiful! In fact I love all the bags, that lady does beautiful work!May 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm #463435
Talking to a girlfriend yesterday who’d just got a new satchel type canvassy one. Can’t remember the brand but one thing I liked was the the inside was a lighter color so you could see the keys, phone etc easily floating around in the bottom when fishing in it to find stuff. Something to consider if making one. I can never see anything in mine with the smart black lining.May 8, 2010 at 10:02 pm #463436
There’s a great tutorial on how to make a grocery carry bag from an old pillowcase at Spider Woman Knits’ blog http://spiderwomanknits.typepad.com/swk/
SonyaMay 8, 2010 at 11:28 pm #463437
I made grocery carry bags from old curtain material – rubber backed so more resistant to moisture on meat packages etc. One set is childrens material and has zoo animals, the other is more sedately beige and looks very much like our dining room curtains!
I can see that with PO the lights may go out, but we will all still have our handbags, hehehe!May 8, 2010 at 11:55 pm #463438
I can see that with PO the lights may go out, but we will all still have our handbags, hehehe!
Talking grocery bags, I made my grocery bags from bits & pieces of fabrics in my sewing box years ago now, double stitched everything, still going strog, and get comments from the checkout workers all the time!! Occasionally someone thinks they are an apron and tries to scan them. My mum gave me some Envirosax bags for Christmas, which are a great size for groceries & roll up to quite small size when not in use, and have been using those all the time. Oh, and I highly recommend Fresh Mesh bags for fruit n veg too! 😀May 9, 2010 at 4:02 am #463439
i won a beautiful, hand made, recycled handbag yesterday. green shot purple/blue. small enough to not become a carry all 😉 happy with that!May 9, 2010 at 4:13 am #463440
It is a unirversal truth with me that all handbags end up slightly overstuffed, whether large medium or small to start with. Should just get more organised about regular emptying I think..May 9, 2010 at 9:17 am #463441
I made all my grocery bags too out of very funky scraps. I took them to the herb show today and was complimented on them as well.
My handbag is a satchel style and it is handy;-)May 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm #463442
Oh Sonya! That bag brought me memories – I loved that bag, I used to have two of them, one being black and other I think blue – dunno what happened to them now. Maybe I should go to that army depot shop at Parramatta to just get that bag, along other stuff I wanted for ages – duffel bag, enamel plates, collapsible tin cups, etc… 😉
I have a collection of ‘handmade’ handbags – most of them I’ve made. There’s a couple that was given to me which I used even less. I used any of my bags whenever mood takes me. I also found a great and useful small denim handbag from a op shop for only 4 dollars. I find the bags from shops harder to use so tend to whip up the ones I wanted exactly how I like it.
I dont think I have a leather bag among my collection – worried about mould as we get it here (shoes’ a great mould collectors :rip: )
Now I am aiming a bit higher by making one suitable for going out! 😆
As for PVC, etc. Just go with oilcloth or at least laminated cotton fabric. I found PVC materials harder to deal with as I dont like its smell.
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